January 11, 2019 from 7PM – 9PM, join the staff of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery as they celebrate the opening of two new winter exhibitions Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties by local photographer Willy Waterton and Snowed In: Selections from the Permanent Collection guest curated by Joan Hawksbridge.
On Friday evening, the Gallery welcomes all to attend the official openings of these new exhibitions. Doors will open at 7PM with opening remarks beginning at 7:15PM. Admission to this event is free, and all are welcome. The Gallery would like to acknowledge David and Becky Madill for their generous donation of food and refreshments for the reception of Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties.
Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties is a compelling touring photography project that highlights over 40 years of environmental portraiture work by Willy Waterton. For Waterton, the term “salt of the earth” describes “a decent, dependable, unpretentious person.” This phrase describes the people in the area, whom Waterton had the honour and privilege of photographing over his career as a photojournalist. This selection of 20 photographs challenges the historical notions of portrait photography by examining through a contemporary lens, the ordinary - yet extraordinary - diligent and humble people of the community. Each of these photographs document a way of life that has vanished or is disappearing from this place we call home.
Take an impromptu snow-day in our new exhibition Snowed In. Travel through a selection of our winter landscapes to the warm indoors and explore our interior rooms – spaces filled with flowers, food, comfort and plenty of colour. This exhibition is curated from the Gallery’s Collection by Joan Hawksbridge and has a variety of paintings, drawings, and sculpture to keep you happily indoors this winter.